- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2002

Washington Baseball Club, still an unknown entity to some District residents, will start a new Web site today to clear up the confusion and celebrate the city's baseball heritage.
Located at www.baseballindc.com, the site represents one of the more public steps forward for the group, led by District financier Fred Malek. Several months in development, the site details its mission to return major league baseball to the city, as well as the backgrounds of Malek and his five partners, Jim Kimsey, Joe Robert, Franklin Raines, Paul Wolff and Steve Porter.
Despite being in existence for three years, the WBC remains a somewhat unknown entity in the city, and that lack of mass public awareness became most palpable last week during a public forum centered on choosing a stadium site for a District-based team.
"We haven't been out there beating our chest," said Winston Lord, WBC executive director. "But as the process to bring back baseball moves forward, we're trying to make a concerted effort and tell our story to the fans."
The Web site includes a detailed history of Washington baseball, including the two Senators franchises and the Homestead Grays. Henry Thomas, grandson of Senators great Walter Johnson, is a contributor to the site.
Developing baseballindc.com cost Malek and his partners just $15,000, a fraction of what any fully developed site runs. Richmond-based Web developer John Bonfield offered the group what could be termed a true believer discount.
"The decimal point in the price tag probably should have been one more spot over to the right," Bonfield said. "This is something I really wanted to do. I'd been wanting to see a team in Washington for some time. I grew up in Minnesota [the relocated home of the original Senators], and I've always had a sense of guilt about that."
Virginia Baseball Club, the other local baseball bid effort, does not operate its own Web site. But the state agency it funds, the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority, does at www.baseballinva.org.

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